'''Maria Thompson Daviess''' (November 25, 1872 – September 3, 1924) was an American novelist and artist, best known for her popular novels written with a "Pollyanna
Daviess was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky
in 1872. After her father died when she was eight, her family relocated to Nashville, Tennessee
. She studied one year at Wellesley College
, and then went to Paris
to study art. Returning to Nashville, she continued to paint and also took up writing. Her first novel, ''Miss Selina Lue and the Soap-box Babies'' was published in 1909. ''The Melting of Molly'', published in 1912, was one of the Publishers Weekly list of bestselling novels in the United States in the 1910s#1912|top best-selling books for the year
. She published sixteen novels between 1909 and 1920.
In 1921, she moved to New York City
, where she died in September 1924. She did not marry and had no children.
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